Los Angeles Dodgers' pitcher Josh Beckett, who was put on the disabled list on May 14 with thoracic outlet syndrome, will undergo surgery to relieve pressure on the nerve in his neck.
As reported by Austin Laymance of MLB.com,
""I know he had some tingling after throwing, and he hadn't been throwing
very long," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said before Saturday's game
against the Phillies. Beckett consulted with team physician Neal
ElAttrache and Pearl before deciding to undergo surgery. The procedure
involves removing an upper rib that compresses nerve tissue near the
neck and shoulder."
The recovery time for Beckett is expected to be about three to five months. St. Louis Cardinals' pitcher Chris Carpenter had the same procedure done last July, and came back to pitch in the post season. But he hasn't pitched at all this season.
Beckett, who has a career record of 132-100 with a 3.94 earned run average, is 0-5 with a 5.19 earned run average in 8 starts this season.